Detroit BreakOut 2014

Spring BreakOuts 2018

During Spring Break, you can spend your time learning about a different part of the country, meeting new people, sharing about yourself and helping others. Spring BreakOuts are a great way to get off campus for a short time and do something that can truly enhance your college experience and your life.

These trips will fill on a first come-first serve basis. If a trip is full, you can still apply and be put on a waiting list. Registration will open on December 12 and will close on February 1 (unless there is still space on a trip).  

The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact 
Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for BreakOut trip is due February 10. If payment is not received by then, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after February 10.

If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact 
Mary Niebler

Appalachia Immersion/UDSAP House, Salyersville, KY

March 1-4, 2018

Cost: $100

In this rural Appalachian experience, UD students will get a glimpse into the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP) by visiting the local residents and learning of their rich culture, while building relationships in Salyersville, KY. This small Appalachian community welcomes UD students each year and has a great willingness to share its culture. Kentucky BreakOut’ers will likely find some time to go hiking through the mountains or time to relax in the beauty of Appalachia.

The Romero Center Urban Challenge, Camden, NJ

March 1-4, 2018

Cost: $200.00

This BreakOut is through The Romero Center’s Urban Challenge in Camden, NJ.  Participants are asked to confront issues which divide us – poverty, race, class – in a prayerful and constructive environment.  Volunteer service in the city is combined with work, study and prayer. During the day, the group works at a variety of sites: in schools, with hot meals programs, at a drop-in center for persons infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, at housing construction, with the South Jersey Food Bank and with several other agencies in Camden and the Philadelphia area. In the evening, there will be discussion on urban poverty, social and economic justice and reflection on our call, as disciples, to embrace a "preferential option for the poor." The group also tours the city and listens to people from the community tell their stories about living in Camden.

Honors BreakOut to Detroit, MI

March 1-4, 2018

Cost: $50.00

Detroit is at a historic crossroads. It is the largest U.S. city to ever go through bankruptcy. It received international attention amidst recent mass water shutoffs in 2014. Some neighborhoods see economic growth as low-income residents are forced out, while other areas are pushed to the side and forgotten. Some communities use art, urban farming and connectedness to band together and fight for community.

The University of Dayton will be partnering with Christ the King Service Corps in Detroit. Volunteers on this BreakOut will get to experience diverse service projects and see many different faces of Detroit, while working with and hearing from local people invested in their city. Get your hands in the dirt at an urban farm, help those in need by distributing food and water, and become an ambassador for the Motor City.

This trip is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concern and the University Honors Program.  Interested students should apply by January 20th.  Trip cost is $50 (scholarship funding available).  Room, board and transportation are included. The trip is open to all Honors students in good standing.

L’Arche Community of St Louis, St. Louis, MO

March 1-4, 2018

Cost: $150

The Spring BreakOut to St Louis will be immersed in the L’Arche Community of St Louis. 

L’Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers; create inclusive communities of faith and friendship; and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries.

L’Arche USA exists to amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; provide growth opportunities for people of all abilities; nurture the faith life of local communities; strengthen communities with resources and collaborative leadership; develop strategic partnerships; and found new communities.

UD students will have a peek into the life of the St Louis L’Arche community on this four day BreakOut.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we travel?

Domestic BreakOut groups will travel together to and from their destination, starting from UD via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car)*. We ask that all students be back on campus the night before your departure (unless you are local and can meet in the morning or at the designated departure spot). For the January and May breaks, we will arrange for housing for all students. Those who live in UD houses or Garden Apartments can generally get extended stay for that period and we will help the others have a place to stay. Students will receive instructions on this through their orientation.

It is important that our groups travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

*the domestic trips to Los Angeles, CA and Nogales, AZ will fly.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut group are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experience and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocol and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are also hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contact if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408